Philippe joined Accel in 2010 after working in the technology industry for the past 15 years, including close to ten years in Silicon Valley. He is responsible for the firm’s investment in Blablacar, the leading European ridesharing community, Docusign, the global SaaS leader in electronic signature and Hailo the global cab e-hailing mobile network. He also co-led Accel's investment in HouseTrip, the next generation holiday rental booking website. Prior to joining Accel, Philippe worked five years in the Menlo Park office of Bessemer Venture Partners, a global venture firm, where he led or supported investments in early and late stage companies in the US and Europe, including Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), Eloqua (NASDAQ: ELOQ), Criteo and Bizo.
Before joining Bessemer, Philippe spent eight years with the high-tech practice of McKinsey&Co. in Silicon Valley and Europe, specializing in the software and Internet industries. During that time, Philippe led the development of Internet start-ups, was a key contributor to the firm's work with "on-demand" software, and advised clients on sales, marketing, and growth strategies. A frequent speaker at cloud-computing events, Philippe has authored several articles on SaaS and cloud computing that can be found on his blog "Cracking the code". Philippe holds an MS in Science from the Ecole Polytechnique and an MS in Applied Engineering from the Ecole des Mines. You can follow him on Twitter @pbotteri